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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 16, 2010 1:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Garcia on Crosby

Taking another glance, there's barely a mention of the Dead in the book, but here's the Garcia quote:

"We had a little band called David & the Dorks. He was the star and it was his trip that we were doing and it was right around the time he was doing his If I Could Only Remember My Name album and he was in the Bay Area a lot. One time me and Phil and Bill and Mickey, we backed up David. We did maybe two or three shows. I think they were all at the Matrix in San Francisco. They weren't announced or anything, we just went in there on a Monday night and had a lot of fun and the sound was cool. In fact, that was the core of the band that played on David's album: David & the Dorks. It was a fine band and a short-lived band. Almost legendary. We had a lot of fun.
David's one of those guys; it's really fun to play with him. He's a very giving musician, his songs are special and they're very different, so it's always a challenge to work with him. And the payoff is there when you hear it back. It sounds beautiful. Crosby has never gotten the credit he deserves as a musician. He's an uncanny singer. He has as much control as anybody I've ever seen or worked with and he's really gifted. He can do things that are truly astonishing if you give him half a chance and when he has his own head and he's in good shape, boy, he's fun to work with. He's an inspiration.
I think some of the finest playing I've done on record is on his solo album. As far as being personally satisfied with my own performances, which I rarely am, he's gotten better out of me than I get out of myself."

And while I'm at it, Garcia also had an interesting oblique comment on Crosby's drug habit:

"One of the things that doesn't come out very clearly in these retrospective looks at the sixties, they make it seem as though that was a period of aberration and since then everybody has gone back to normal. That's the illusion that the Reagan generation would like to perpetuate: 'Everything's like it was in the fifties. The sixties never were.' They're not willing to say that stuff really happened.
Drugs were our war. That's partly because drugs have always been part of music, part of poetry, part of art. Cole Porter sings about cocaine. Cocaine and hard drugs were certainly no strangers to the jazz musicians of the forties, thirties, and twenties. You go back to Charlie Parker and those guys, snorting it up on the street corners when you could buy it in drugstores.
I think it's part of the tradition of being a musician. Everybody has their thing. Part of it is the pressure of playing publicly. Part of it is keeping your spirit fresh: 'I need some air blowing through here. I need to put some energy through here.' Drugs can do it if nothing else is around. If you're making it up as you go along or you're having to reach into yourself, any aid is helpful. It's a matter of moderation, which tends to be the problem, since drugs have that thing of the more you take, the more you want and so on."

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Poster: utopian Date: Dec 16, 2010 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: an amazing Crosby album

david crosby's album
If I could only remember my name, is

One of my favorite albums of all time. Beautiful, just beautiful and relatively unknown in most circles.

there was a story I heard about david crosby and others sitting in the winterland in 78 during a dead soundcheck. Phil was basting the small audience of deadfriends including crosby and others. Peices and chunks of the ceiling came crashing down just several rows away.

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 17, 2010 1:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: an amazing Crosby album

I got through two copies of that album and now have the CD. Most of my friends were unaware of it until I played it to them and all of them were blown away by it.

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Poster: harrisdaniel Date: Dec 17, 2010 1:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: an amazing Crosby album

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Poster: davidmiller25640 Date: Dec 17, 2010 4:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: an amazing Crosby album

Merry Christmas is an album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby, released in 1945 on Decca Records, catalogue A-403. It has remained in print through the vinyl and compact disc eras, currently as the disc White Christmas on MCA Records, a part of the Universal Music Group, reissued in June of 1995. It includes Crosby's signature song "White Christmas", the best-selling single ever, with sales of over 50 million copies worldwide.Thanks for given such a nice post, it is very nice and i like it so much.
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